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Abstract and Keywords
The question of human nature and identity is not a common preoccupation of economists. The reasons for this are investigated, and the ways in which a theological understanding of human nature might alter economic analysis are explored. The analysis focuses on: preserving a meaning for the term “selfish”; allowing forms of mutual care which are not “gift exchange”; allowing for a personal identity which values altruistic acts of love; modeling the outcome of the conversion experience; and, using the doctrine of creation to place humans over the natural world as stewards but alongside the natural world as fellow-creatures. The Christian account of human nature, identity, and motivation is not only consistent with some recent empirical work, but gives rise to a picture of human persons which other frameworks must presuppose, sometimes without a clear justification.
Gordon Menzies is Associate Professor of Economics at University of Technology in Sydney.
Donald Hay was previously Fellow and Tutor in Economics at Jesus College, Oxford, and Head of the Social Sciences Division at the University of Oxford.
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